Holiday Hope

Lash LaRue’s Toy Drive for the children on the Pine Ridge reservation kicks off in earnest this week. If you’re reading this Wednesday, Dec. 1, head over to The Waiting Room at 7 p.m. for the free CD listening party. Christmas for Pine Ridge: Vol. III Live at The Waiting Room will be spinning on the sound system and available for sale. Many of the 15 local musicians who donated original...

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Musical Identity Crisis

Quartetto Gelato would like to change your mind about chamber music. The Canada-based foursome doesn’t just regurgitate the same sonatas and arias that are standard for every classical musician. Quartetto Gelato makes classical music a performance piece. The repertoire includes everything from opera and classical, to folk and gypsy songs, and Neapolitan standards, all done with a passionate...

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Hear Nebraska Benefit, NextAid loom

* In the absence of an Omaha-Lincoln light-rail (don’t get me started … ) it takes a lot for me to make the trek to Titletown, even for the best of events. But if you travel I-80 southwest just once this year it should be this Friday, Dec. 3, for the Hear Nebraska Benefit at Bourbon Theatre featuring Orion Walsh, Shaun Sparks and the Wounded Animals, and Bandit Sound. Hear Nebraska bills...

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Still Ungrateful

With this issue's deadline pressing heavily on my shoulders a full week before the paper will hit the stands (thanks to a lousy print schedule), I was left pondering a topic for this week. That's when I stumbled upon something I wrote in 2005. It was a time just after the Omaha music scene hit its peak and was beginning the slide down the other side of the mountain. We were all still cocky. Omaha...

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Marathon Man

The first time I saw singer-songwriter Mark Mallman was at a pizza place that no longer exists. October 2005. The sign outside Sammy Sortino's on S. 72nd St. read, "Welcome Piano Man Mark Mallman." As I stepped inside I was overcome by a waft of sour pepperoni and an ocean of nomming families pushing mozzarella-covered glop into their drooling maws. The guy at the door told me Mark Mallberg was...

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Season of Giving

If it’s hard sometimes to find reasons for thanks amid the commercial hub-bub, non-stop to-do lists and expectations that dominate our lives, try making some time to just breathe and focus on what you really enjoy. Remember that when you give of your true self, the biggest recipient is often you. Since 2003, Lash LaRue has focused on delivering holiday toys to the children of the Pine Ridge...

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Omaha Girls Rock expands camp
by Chris Aponick

* Registration for the 2014 Omaha Girls Rock camp is now open to girls ages 8 to 18. The camp, which will take place at the Holland ... more »



The Faint announce new album
by Chris Aponick

The Faint will release Doom Abuse, their sixth studio album, Tuesday, April 8th on SQE Music.

The 12-song album is now available for ... more »



Gorillas, McPherson, Whitmore
by B.J. Huchtemann

The 21st Saloon celebrates the return of the Gas House Gorillas Thursday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. The Brooklyn-based band calls their ... more »



Studebaker John, Guitars & Gorillas
by B.J. Huchtemann

Studebaker John will actually be at McKenna’s this Friday, April 4, 8 p.m. Last week's column contained an error from incorrect ... more »



Remembering Dave
by Tim McMahan

It began in November 1992. I was a few years out of college at UNO, already working full time at Union Pacific, but still writing ... more »



Totally Crushing on Millions of Boys
by Tim McMahan

Omaha power-pop punk band Millions of Boys’ new 10-inch record, Competing for Your Love, is a 180-gram slab of vinyl complete with ... more »



Future Tense: 2012 Music Predictions, Pt. 2
by Tim McMahan

And now, the conclusion of my annual music predictions columns, where I gaze into the glossy black finish of a Fender Squier and see ... more »



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